Egypt goalkeeper El-Hadary makes AFCON history

Published January 18th, 2017 - 04:24 GMT
An injury to first-choice shot-stopper Ahmed El-Shenawy meant the veteran set a new record as he took the field against Mali
An injury to first-choice shot-stopper Ahmed El-Shenawy meant the veteran set a new record as he took the field against Mali

Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary became the oldest player in Africa Cup of Nations history when he featured in his country's Group D opener against Mali on Tuesday.

The four-time winner of the competition began the match on the bench, but was summoned when first-choice Ahmed El-Shenawy was unable to continue do to an apparent shoulder injury – winning his 148th cap at the age of 44 years and two days.

FIFA tweeted its congratulations to El-Hadary, who is currently enjoying a second spell with Egyptian Premier League side Wadi Degla.

El-Hadary won his first African title in 1998 and was named as the best goalkeeper in the tournament when Egypt won on home soil in 2006 and defended their crown successfully in both 2008 and 2010.


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